- Large Hadron Collider Quilts
- The posters for The Avengers gets Gender-Swapped.
- Some Epic Hobbit cosplay!
- I’m seriously rooting for Dovakin Dragon Fighting Armor to become the new “Slave Leia” of cos events.
- I think all sculptures from here on out should be constructed of smartphones!
- The Art of Video Games is an upcoming Smithsonian exhibit on the evolution of video game art over the past 40 years.
- News: Apple has finally added a proper “Comics & Graphic Novels” section to its iTunes bookstore. Most of the currently available material was already for sale in iBooks, but it’s nice to see a legit section after all this time.
- The 5 Most Ridiculously Sexist Superhero Costumes.
- The 8 Stupidest Defenses Against Accusations of Sexism stemming from The 5 Most Ridiculously Sexist Superhero Costumes.
- “American superhero comics, and the sexual objectification of their heroines, reflect the conditions of their production and consumption: they are made almost exclusively by and for men.”On average, women account for less than 10 percent of the production staff credited in the production of the new DC and Marvel superhero comics, and are concentrated in less prestigious roles.
- Eyeshield 21 artist Yuusuke Murata recently posted a super cool multimedia comic on Twitter that’s fun to read (and employs some interesting DIY 3-D effects) even if you can’t read a word of Japanese.
- This week Image Comics celebrated 20 years of producing independent comics with the Image Comics Expo, taking a look back at the past whilst announcing a raft of new titles for the future, including some Grant Morrison projects and the long awaited return of Kieron Gillen and James McKelvie’s Phonogram. One strange Image comic that embraces both the past and the future is Prophet – which picks up at issue #21 of an forgotten Liefeld story and turns it into “future space Conan”.
- Tom Spurgeon and others ponder the future of comic book back-issue sales.
- What If Male Superheroes’ Costumes Were Designed Like Female Costumes?
- The correct viewing order for the Star Wars movies.
- The Daily Beast predicts that John Carter will be an epic failure.
- The Bible & Terminator 2: Heteroglossic discourse and poetic authority.
- There is a new trailer for the Avengers movie and it is badass.
- Sam Daly has an Internet show. Sam Daly’s dad is Tim Daly of “Wings” (and some shows about gangsters and doctors). For the last decade, Tim Daly has also been the voice of Superman in the DC Animated Universe started by Batman: The Animated Series (it’s kind of popular here), including Superman’s own show. To prepare for the new animated DVD feature Justice League: Doom, Tim Daly really got himself back into the role. Perhaps a little too much, so Sam has enlisted co-stars
Mal ReynoldsNathan Fillion and Lex LuthorMichael Rosenbaum to help out. Everything went better than expected.
- Interview: Fangs for the Fantasy chats with Diana Rowland about her new book, My life as a White Trash Zombie
- News: Last week, small press distributor Independent Publishers Group (IPG) announced that Amazon has decided to stop selling Kindle editions for the publishers IPG represents. The decision impacts over 500 small publishers and almost 5,000 Kindle titles. Neither party has offered much in the way of specifics, but other publishers have been reporting that Amazon has been pressuring them to offer higher discounts and/or pay a “co-op” fee of an additional 3%-4% on all sales to cover the cost of offering “automation and personalization” services (i.e. Customers who bought x also bought y). Authors and publishers have been reacting to the development.
- 20 Beautiful Private and Personal Libraries [Via]
- Check out this demonstration of the Enhanced Game of Thrones e-book.
- Post-scarcity and Realistic Utopia: Where’s the fight?
- A reader tells Neil Gaiman, “I bought my niece Coraline as a gift. When I next saw her, I asked what she thought of it. She got about half-way through, then got so scared she wrapped it up in a blanket and put it in a shoe box. Then put the shobox in an empty toybox, then filled the toybox, locked it, and put it up in the attic. Which was then locked. Just thought I’d share that.” I did almost the exact same thing with my copy of The Shining, but I was like twenty at the time.
- News: Earth Faces 12% Chance of “Catastrophic Solar Megastorm” by 2020 The last gigantic solar storm, known as the Carrington Event, occurred more than 150 years ago and was the most powerful such event in recorded history.
- 3D Printing and The Replicator Economy
- The Navy has spent seven years testing out the components of a way-futuristic weapon: a shipboard cannon that blasts bullets over vast distances at hypersonic speeds using bursts of electricity. … The Navy released video of the first tests, viewable above, on Tuesday. The dramatic mini-inferno in the wake of the slug fired from the railgun is the result of “1 million amps flowing through” the gun, said test chief Tom Boucher, the hypersonic speed of the shot, and the actual aluminum of the bullet — “reactive in the atmosphere” — burning off. [Via]
- Interview: Q&A with Michael Zapcic of Comic Book Men
- How Johann Sebastian Joust is defining a new gaming genre
- Unseen 64: Beta, Unreleased, and Unseen Videogames.